Jessup International Moot Court Team

2021-22 Jessup Team (from left, Felicia Bouchard (Of Counsel), Katherine Marsh, Alexandra Held, Quinn O'Sullivan, Trevor Larned Stark)

The 2021-22 Jessup Team (from left, Felicia Bouchard (Of Counsel), Katherine Marsh, Alexandra Held, Quinn O'Sullivan, Trevor Larned Stark) placed seventh of 85 teams nationally after the preliminary round, and was awarded the fifth best memorial.

2020 Jessup International Moot Court Competition, Suffolk Law School U.S. Northeast Regional Winners holding award

The 2019-20 Jessup Team (from left: Jennifer Farrell, Taylor Morgan, Reem Rana, Matthew Gillis) with their Quarterfinalist award.

The Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 700 law schools in more than 100 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. A team from each participating school is required to prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

Each year, the hypothetical fact pattern is released in mid-September, and the written pleadings are usually due in early to mid-January. Oral arguments will first be held at the regional level in February (location TBD). Finalist teams from the regionals will advance to the International Rounds held in Washington, D.C., in March or April, where they will compete against Jessup teams from around the world.

Students selected for the Jessup team are eligible to receive two credits, and serving on the team may also satisfy the Legal Writing Requirement. As such, participation on the Jessup team requires a substantial time commitment, both to prepare the written pleadings in the fall semester and to prepare and practice for oral argument in January and February of the spring semester. It is a uniquely rewarding experience that connects participating students to the global Jessup community beyond law school.

Jessup 2024-2025 Info Session:
Thursday, April 18, 4pm - 5pm
Sargent Hall Room 285
or over Zoom (registration required)
(For those unable to attend, the session will be recorded and made available on this page.)

How to Apply:

Four spots are open on the Suffolk Jessup team. Any day or evening student who 1) has taken an international law-related course (or will take one in Summer or Fall 2024), and/or 2) has a strong interest or background in public international law, is eligible to apply. Please e-mail your application in one Word document containing the following components to Kara Ryan ([email protected]):

  1. cover letter;
  2. resume;
  3. transcript (you may cut and paste your unofficial transcript);
  4. Legal writing sample; and
  5. video of LPS or other oral argument, if available (include a link in your cover letter)

The deadline for applying is Monday, May 13, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. Short-listed applicants will be contacted by the selection committee and invited for an interview. Please contact Prof. Rosa Kim ([email protected]) or Prof. Rick Buckingham ([email protected]) with any questions.